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captioning funded by cbs good morning. it is thursday, february 18th, 2018. welcome to "cbs this morning." a south florida suburb is in shock and grooevild grieving af shooting at a high school. we're hearing new stories of heroism and survival from a rampage that killed 17 people. jeff glor is there with eyewitness accounts of how it unfolded. >> people who know the suspect called him unstable and violent. he posted disturbing material online. we have new information about his background and what is being done now to protect other students. president trump condemns all domestic violence one week after a top aide resigned over
allegations he abused his ex-wives. congress is now investigating why rob porter and dozens of other white house staffers have yet to obtain permanent security clearances. plus dr. tara narula shows how your workplace could be a breeding ground for the flu. what you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> i saw blood everywhere. >> everybody was panicking, screaming, crying. >> i don't know how we're alive. >> the nation mournses after another school shooting. >> unbelievably catastrophic day. it's devastating. i'm sick to my stomach. >> this is absolutely pure evil. >> the shooting is once again bringing the gun control debate front and center. >> we are responsible for a
level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel. >> president trump has denounced domestic abuse for the first time since a tom aide was accused of abuse. >> i'm opposed to abuse of any kind. ebb knows that. >> a 4-year-old is found safe and sound. >> a 2-year-old girl jumped on the tracks in it will. >> a teen jumped in and saved the child. talk about being at the right place at the right time. >> -- and all that matters. >> gold for mikaela shiffrin. >> she won the final run after trailing by 20 seconds. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> from everybody in the community, we come together as one to try to get past it. >> we have to move forward arm in arm. >> this has been a day we've seen the worst in humanity. tomorrow is going to bring out
the best in humanity as we come together to move forward from this unspeakable tragedy. >> announcer: this morning's "eye opener" presented by toyota. let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." once again the community is waking up asking how does it happen here. we know this story. here's the latest of what we have from florida today. we have new information about those terrifying moments before one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. this rampage has set parents in shock and south florida community in agony today. police say a former student killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen otheret at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland. >> we just learned the names of two of the students. assistant football coach and
security guard aaron feiss was also killed in the shooting. he was actually shielding students when he was shot. >> the suspect nikolas cruz was charged with 19 counts of premeditated murder this morning after being taken to the county jail. he brought an a.r. 15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines. he wore a gas mask and carried smoke grenades. cbs news jeff glor is at the school in parkland. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this remains a busy numb scene. this is a huge campus, ten classrooms behind us. investigators worked throughout the night as we've watched them gathering evidence at stoneman douglas high as it remains a crime scene. it's closed today and tomorrow.
all school activities are canceled the rest of this week. police say the gunman started his rampage outside the school and went inside and fired more shots. hundreds of students fled. students say he concealed himself in the crowd. some of the students saw classmates die right in front of them. many of the horrific moments were captured on cell phone camera. we have to warn you some of the footage you see is graphic. >> oh, my god, oh, my god. >> reporter: the gunshots starting ripping through the high school around 2:15 wednesday. heavy police arrived minutes later. >> the suspect is going to be possibly a white male, nicholko cr cruz. >> he was identified as a 19-year-old who had been expelled from the school. he killed two people outside.
once inside he apparently pulled a fire alarm causing chaos, then began shooting. 12 people died inside the school. broward county sheriff scott israel. >> he had countless magazines, multiple magazines. and at this point, we believe he had one ar-15 rifle. >> they're following him on video, camera, they had him skpitding the building running south. >> police were able to track him in part using the school's surveillance cameras. he was captured about an hour after allegedly opening fire. s.w.a.t. teams went room to room. frightened students ran down the hallways stepping over discarded backpacks. >> he went up and down the hallway banging and shooting through classrooms. he shot my classroom and through the door. in a voice mail sent to parents in palm beach county, the
superintendent there asked parents and students if they see something to say something. >> if the accounts are correct, this individual was posting things on social media that should have been a red flag. >> broward county superintendent robert runcie. >> words cannot express the sorrow that we feel. no parents should ever have to send their kids to school and not return. we to find a way to get this to stop. >> reporter: state flags in florida are at half-staff to honor those who died yesterday. president trump offed sympathy on twitter aegd, quote, no child, teacher, or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an american school. manuel bojorquez is here this morning as well and has new information. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as we mentioned at the top of the broadcast, we are learning the named.
jamie guttenberg and the football coach also died. one of the deputies own sons was shot and is in stable condition. both the students and staff that we've spoken with here are expressing a combination of near over what happened, of shock, and of being thankful to be alive. >> i don't know how we're alive. >> reporter: freshman brun bruna aleveda said she witnessed her teacher and classmates get shot. >> in those 30 minutes we were like praying and crying and then the police came and we just got out. >> reporter: students and teachers barricaded themselves inside classrooms to take cover. sophomore nicole healy describes the carnage she saw as s.w.a.t. led her to safety.
>> on the way to getting evacuated, you saw two dead bodies on the floor. >> reporter: there were tearful reunions as loved ones arrived to make sure they were okay. >> feel for the parents and children. i'm one of these parents and certainly not feeling so good right now. >> reporter: broward county sheriff scott israel. >> i'm absolutely sick to my stomach to see children who go to school armed with backpacks and pencils lose their lives. >> ran as fast as i could and i made sure all my friends were around me. i made sure we were all safe. >> reporter: senior hector navarro escaped through a field with a group of more than 60 students. he believes a friend of his is among one of those victims. >> i know together as a family, a school, as a whole, we can get through it. >> reporter: a trauma that clearly will forever be etched in their minds. jeff, officials here say they will not be releasing a full list of the victims' names until
all members can be properly notified. >> i know you were here all yesterday and will be there today. thank you very much. friends and students that we've talked to have told us a lot more about this shooter from what we've heard so far. we're going to have more on that in just a moment. just a little while ago, i did speak with jim gard who's a math teacher. he locked himself and several students inside his classroom during what was happening and he talked about what happened yesterday afternoon. >> right around 2:20, i heard the fire alarm go off, so i told the kids, i said, hang out for a second. this could be something accidental. then we got an announcement that said, okay, evacuate the building about ten seconds later. i opened the door, the kids took off. the kids were great. they were very orderly. as i was ready to leave, we hear all these popping sounds. it sounded like firecrackers and we heard mr. porter came on
again and said code red get back in the room, so i yelled to the kids, i go, let's get back in here. there were five or six kids, i got them right back in. they asked what was happening. i said, i don't know. let's assume it's a drill. and really 20 minutes later we knew it wasn't. >> so the kids went where? >> they were in my room. now, all the other kids -- what i did was went on my e-mail and a lot of teachers were e-mailing these children are with me, these children are with me and these are who i don't have. i put all who i had and the others who were absent and the others who were missing to try to find out where they are. the other kids had cell phones. we were all texting and the ten of the 13 -- the other three we didn't know but we found them later on at 4:00 we got relief. >> we're hearing stories about many teachers like you who tried
to protect the students, in some cases took them in closets, in some cases may have shielded these students. can you talk about your fellow teachers and how they're doing this morning? >> i only know that our -- i don't know what news is out there or what names is out there, but one of our teachers was apparently -- well two of them was shot and killed while standing in front of kids. i don't know if his name is out. it doesn't surprise me. i've known him since i got here in 2008. he was fantastic. he went here. he was an eagle. he was a great guy. >> friends and students are describing to us the suspect as a troubled violent teenager before he was kicked out of stoneman douglas high. one student who knew nik cruz said he had threatened other students and overnight the fbi began searching the home here
where cruz live. that's where jericka duncan is this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the house you're talking about is behind me and around the corner. that's where cruz was most recently staying. according to the attorney for the family, he was there for a month and a half. he had been bouncing around since the death of his mother back in november. as you mentioned students and friends were surprised by all this. they knew cruz had a troubled past. but they never thought this 5'7", 130-pound teen was capable of such a massacre. as investigators searched through the home where nikolas cruz lived, new details are emerging about the 19-year-old's unsettled past. >> they let him live here because he didn't have somewhere to live. >> reporter: the attorney says the family gave him a place to stay. >> they can't believe someone who lived in their home for this relatively short period of time was capable of such a horrible,
horrible act. >> reporter: cruz was getting an education and worked at the dollar store as a cashier. he illegally purchased the ar-15 used in attack. after the shooting students described cruz as a loaner who struggled in school. >> a lot of people were saying it was going to be him. a lot of kids said he would be the one to shoot up the school. it turns out, you know, everyone predicted it. >> reporter: paul gold lived next door to cruz in parkland and said the death of his adopted mother had a major impact. >> at times he had so much anger inside of him. >> reporter: cruz complained about being bullied and picked on at school. >> kids mistreated and obviously he wasn't given the best hand in line. >> when you see that picture, how does it make you feel? >> it makes me sick. it makes me sick to think he
would do something like that. >> reporter: gold says cruz's adopted mother had him in counseling but that that ended after her death. meanwhile cruz is being held right now at the broward county sheriff's office. jeff? jericka, thanks. for now, fran townsend is with us. sh is our cbs news senior national security analyst. she was homeland security and counterterrorism adviser for president george w. bush. welcome, fran. what are investigators trying to find out about the shooter? >> they want to understand both his mental history. we know there was this report from a video blogger on youtube back in november identifying cruz to the fbi. difficult when i say -- identifying, he identified the comment. he was interviewed. the video blogger asked if he knew him. he said, no, he didn't know him. it was reported but taken down.
it reports to a host of issues. for one, when we think of homeland security, we think of terrorism issues, natural disasters. we don't think of school shootings. right now when you think of this, this is the 18th scoot sh school shooting. last year we had sneechb do we need to rethink what homeland security really means? >> i think that's exactly right, gayle. imagine for a moment, if the shooter was a muslim, we would be having a different kind of conversation. how wrong does that feel? this ought to be at the top of the list of home zurt threats bus we have an obligation to protect our children. even if we have a political difference, it's time to put that aside. >> i'm surprised about the ar-15. they cost about $2,000.
that's a lot for a person working at a dollar store. the ar-15 has been used in six of the deadliest massacres. newtown, san bernardino, pulse shooting in orlando, sutherland springs. do we need to have changes at the atf about who can buy this weapon? >> look, norah. you know better than anybody. there has been debates about put ing -- the assault rifle was really intended for military use, right? i think of that from my time in government being the u.s. military overseas. we understand people in law enforcement have an absolute need for it. we had an assault weapons ban. it expired. and the politicians in washington don't seem to be having that. >> should a 19-year-old kicked out of school be able to buy that gun is the question. >> the one other issue i want to
raise this morning is the social media companies. in this case, youtube should have taken that comment down that identified him. >> just to clarify, that comment, i'm going to be a professional shooter. >> right. they took that down, but they need to do more, right? they need to provide resources, people who go hunting on their networks, youtube, facebook, instagram. find this stuff -- they don't just take it duh but take it down and present it to law enforcement so they can prevent it. >> the man who saw it said he took it to the fbi and was interviewed. but did it go anywhere else from there? did anybody follow up with nikolas cruz? >> we don't know if they could identify him. that's kmorn name. did they understand he had other social media accounts that might have triggered more concern. >> thank you, fran. >> thank you. president trump broke his silence on domestic violence a
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we're continuing to follow new developments in the florida high school shooting. we'll talk to a student who escaped the gunfire coming up. welcome back, everybody, to "cbs this morning." here are three things you should know this morning. florida lawmakers denied repeated requests to improve school safety funding. they have been asking for more money for the past eight year. florida school districts share $64.4 million for safety and security. they're supposed to use the money for a variety of programs but more than 80% goes to school resource officers. many of the schools use all of the money for resource officers.
the fda reveals the first blood test to detect tests for concussions. now, the test does not detect concussions yet, but researchers say this is a huge step in that direction. it could be used in emergency rooms as soup as this year. and starting today, google chrome will filter out ads that seem annoying or distracting. the move is getting criticism because many of google's own money-making ads won't get blocked. users will get a notification when chrome stops an ad. you can view it if you want to. they hoover on top of the payment and flash bright colors. >> president trump defe spoke on abuse. he made eight public appearances before he addressed the issue yesterday. major garrett is at the white
house. may jorks good morning. >> good morning. pressure is building inside the white house on chief of staff john kelly to explain employment and clearance procedures on his watch. attempts by white house press staff to do so have proven unsuccessful and now a top house republican is investigating. >> i am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. everyone knows that. >> president trump broke his silence on domestic a bous a week after his top aide rob porter resign after accusations of abuse by two ex-wives, charges porter denies. >> it almost wouldn't have to be said. now you hear it. but you all know it. >> the porter scandal has left the west wing exhausted, demoralized, and distrustful. one white house staffer said, quote, they're not telling us the truth. chief of staff john kelly and ron mcgahn had more than they were willing to acknowledge.
trey gowdy launched an investigation into white house decision on porter's employment and security clearance saying he wants answers from kelly and mcgahn. >> i cannot fathom how someone if they had access to this information and the photographs could extend an offer of emt employment to someone with this in their background. >> some report the number of those who were awaiting security clearance was more than 100 including ivanka trump and jared kushner. interim security clearance for lower level officials is not uncommon even after all this time in office. but it would be highly unusual, gayle, for top white house officials not to have all security clearance and background check questions resolved. >> thank you very much. american skier mikaela shiffrin is celebrating her first gold medal of the 2018 olympics. she powered down the mountain to claim her vick trick in the
giant slalom and guess what? this isn't even her best event. ben tracy is in south korea on how this could be one of many gold medals for this olympic athlete. good morning. i can't wait to see what she does in her best event. >> reporter: exactly. she could win, as many as five some are saying. she said this three-day delay has left her with pent-up aggression. you could say she let it out. she shot out of the gate. her skiing matched the picture-perfect weather conditions. it was a giant run on the giant slalom course. >> michaela is putting out some amazing speed right now. >> with a gold medal finish. >> and she's just getting started here in pyeongchang. >> no alpine skater has won
three gold in the winter olympics. she's considered a near lock for gold in friday's slalom event. in pairs figure skating the husband and wife team did not medal but became the first americans to do a quad twist. >> this is brilliant. watch this. >> reporter: they said they were skating with heavy hearts after hearing of the school shooting in florida. >> we wanted to skate for the 17 children that died in the florida shooting. and today was much more than about us. our motivation was to skate for those who were lost today. >> today american figure skater adam rippon also responded to the shooting in florida. he did that with a tweet. he wrote, i got asked if competing in the olympics was my most important day in my life. he said, no, every day is important and shouldn't be taken for granted. these shootings have to stop.
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good morning everyone i'm jim donovan, philadelphia police hope you can identify suspect purse snatch shore got more than he bargained for last month in west philadelphia surveillance video shows a woman getting a purse stole men a parking lot near 52nd and lancaster, the victim fights back, even jumping on her attacker's car. suspect got away but if you have any information please cat police. let's send it over to katie for a look at the forecast good morning, jim, we have had showers through last night even at this point so damp but i'm starting to see sun breaks depending on the camera shot looking off camera here in our field cameras, things are starting to clear out but you do still have as well by same token have visibility problems with fog issues across the northern
tear of our region especially. today that is very mild day we had anticipated 65 degrees eventually this afternoon and there will be more showers, as early as this evening. meisha. >> 65 degrees that will feel warm. all right, katie thanks very much. looking outside we have an accident schuylkill eastbound before girard pulled off to the shoulder slow moving around there plus an accident where a vehicle went over a guardrail 202 northbound before route 252. plus yikes, take a lot this truck fire new jersey turnpike southbound before i195 outer lanes clearly are compromised, jim, over to you. our next update 8:25. coming up this morning a preview of sunday's 60 minutes exclusive interview with section of state rex tillerson i'm jim donovan, make it a great
good morning. it's thursday, february 15th, 2018. welcome back to "cbs this morning." the suspect in the florida school shooting faces 17 murder charges. ahead jeff glor talks with the lawyer of the family the suspect lived with. plus the snowboarder talks about his history. parents in south florida are in shock and agony. >> reporter: police say he started his rampage outside the school and then went inside and fired more shots. >> reporter: the sheriff
announced one of his own deputies sons was shot and in stable condition. >> reporter: they knew cruz had a troubled past but never did they think the 130-pound 5'7" teen would be involved in such a massacre. >> it doesn't surprise me. >> do we need to rethink what homeland security really means? >> it ought to be at the top of the homeland security threats because we have an obligation to protect our children. >> hold onto your loved ones. cherish everything. >> what's been done cannot be undone. we have to come together as a community and move forward. >> reporter: this morning's "eye opener" at 8:00 is presented by liberty mutual insurance. >> i'm john dickerson with gayle king and norah o'donnell. we're learning about some of the
victims. 17 people were shot dead at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida, just before school let out yesterday. >> jamie guttenberg, a student, and aaron feis, an assistant football coach are the first two to be identified. other students describe the horror of the rampage. >> i just hear boom, boom, boom, and i'm like what the heck is that. that can't be anything other than a gunshot. >> he ran up and down the hallway just banging and shooting into the classrooms. he shot through my door and broke the window. >> it was nonstop. even panic. they were running everywhere. >> i was in a classroom and all i heard was the gunshots. the police cleared us to go outside. i seen dead bodies on the floor. >> he was loading up the gun and we all ranup stair. we said, even get into a classroom. we hear bullets coming closer
and closer and we hear kids screaming. >> together as a family we can get through it. we can mourn, grieve, do whatever we have to do, but we're going to have to push forward. >> 19-year-old nikolas cruz is charged with 17 counts of premedicated murder. he was expelled from this school last year. students who know him say cruz was weird and often violent. >> president trump mentioned that in a tweet this morning and wrote must report such instances to authorities again and again. cbs news correspondent jeff glor is outside stoneman douglas high school. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the school behind me remain as crime scene. it will remain closed the rest of this week as investigators search for clues. students who went to school with nik cruz say there were warning signs. i had an interview with the lawyer for the family who
recently took cruz in. i started by asking how he came to live with him. >> his mother died in the first part of november last year and he really had no place to go. he knew my client's son. they met at douglas high school. they'd known each other for a while and they naturally took him into their home to help him. >> reporter: tell me about nik cruz. >> i don't know a lot about him. his family knew him pretty well. he was a kid who was a little depressed because his mom died. they were helping him. they got him a job at the dollar store and he was working on his ged. they didn't see this coming. >> did you speak with them? >> yes. they gave a statement, showed photos. the family and son, not targets in the investigation. they did not know about this prior to. they're as grief-stricken as everyone else. the young man was at the school.
they've lost some friends. right now they're in shock and don't want to talk to anybody. >> have you spoken to nik? >> no. >> you have not. >> no. >> have you heard whether he's talked to family? >> he has not. he's been completely secluded. he was at the sheriff's department. >> did the parents express difficulties when he started to stay with them? >> they did not. he was very respectful, quiet, a little depressed. never did they say anything violent or aggressive toward the school. they're totally shocked by this. >> how is it that he came to stay? they offered? >> they offered. he was friends with their son and they met at school and they knew the kid didn't have any other place to go and they had a room at their house they gave them. like they say, no good deed goes
unpunished. but they're as shocked as anybody else. they feel bad for nik but more batd for everyone going through this. >> he had one rifle. >> it was his. he brought it into the house and they had strict rules which is it was locked in the gun safe, which is our undering. we don't know how it got out. >> but they allowed him to have the rifle in the house. >> 19 years old. not a kid. he brought many of his possessions in the home. again, they didn't see anything like this coming. >> they lived where? >> in the rural part of northwest about a couple miles here from the school. >> as far as you know, what was nik up to at this time? >> he was supposed to have gone to his adult education school that morning but when he was woken up to go, he said something to the effect of it's valentine's day, i don't go to school on valentine's day. they didn't think anything of it. the other young man went to school. they went to work and they lost track of him at that point.
he was in touch with the son by text but there was no indication he was up to anything devious like this. >> had the family seen anything posted on instagram? >> no. they're hearing about it for the first time and they're shocked by it as well. >> thank you for your time. >> no problem. we're going have much more here from parkland tonight on the "cbs evening news," but for now, guys, let's send it back to you in new york. >> tlarng you. the deadly shooting raises new questions. 33 states including florida require every school or school district to have a comprehensive or safety or emergency plan. adriana diaz is at stoneman douglas high school in parkland. adriana, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a cruel twist the school was reportedly planning an active shooter drill in just a few weeks, but it's unclear whether any planning or preparation
could have stopped the gunman. all entrances at marjory stoneman douglas high school is locked during the day. they're unlocked when school is released. that's when he got in. they prepare for active shooter situations. teachers at stoneman douglas were trained what to do in such an event. while some students went through it, others received less training. >> we had meetings with our teachers about where we need to go, what we should do in a situation like this but we never had an active drill. the same plan in florida thursday turned a chaotic because there was no such notice and the accused shooter set off a fire alarm sending students rushing out of their classrooms
when the gunman was already on campus. a former policeman teaches students how to deal with active shooter scenarios. >> the situation is very fluid. to say you have a one size fits all dynamic, it may not be the solution. >> reporter: he said training is important but it may be impossible to keep student 1/00% safe. >> if somebody really wanted to get in the school with this malicious intent, they could have if they wanted. no security measure could have prevented that other than a prison. >> reporter: the school locks its doors during the school day burke they do not have metal detectors. they say a lockdown could be the safest scenario in some school shootings, but not all. gayle? >> thank you very much. joining us now is the broward county school superintendent robert runcie. thank you for joining us. yesterday you said no parent
should ever send their kids to school and not have them return. what are the questions you're asking this morning? >> i'm sorry. what questions was i asked this morning? >> yes. your parkland community was voted one of the safest in florida. what are the questions you're asking this morning? >> well, we certainly continue to work with law enforcement as this is a continuing active crime scene at the school. our focus today going forward each and every day is on our students, our families, our staff to provide counseling and support. today we have opened four locations. two in the parkland community, two in coral springs to provide grief counselors to help our families and our students and staff as we deal with this horrific situation that has come to our community.
>> victor cruz has been described as a very troubled student, very violent. have you been -- nikolas cruz. have you been able to determine how he was able to get back on that campus? >> yes. my understanding and information i have from law enforcement is that he arrived on the campus possibly through an uber driver that dropped him off. he arrived around the time of dismissal, entered the building, began to fire into the building. smoke from the fire also set off the fire alarm. he proceeded through the two floors of the building and also at the end discarded his firearm and gear that he had on and exited the building along with students who were evacuating.
he was apprehended about a mile or so from the school. i think law enforcement did a tremendous job. the response has been outstanding and we continue to work with them as we investigate this thing. yesterday we obviously continued to focus on our students and families as our highest priority. we provided counseling to them. we transitioned students back with their families. and law enforcement also interviewed students and faculty to gather information regarding this tragedy. >> well, please know our condolences are with you and your community. our hearts are heavy, too, given what has happened. thank you, robert runcie, for joining us. >> thank you. rex tillerson often shies away from the media but he spoke o our mar yet brennan before his trip to the middle
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y2oo8y y12fy secretary of state rex tillerson is on a wide ranging diplomatic trip in the middle east. from there he went to kuwait and jordan. his stops finish with lebanon and turkey. tillerson announced $200 million in aid this week to build syria which is engaged in a long war. margaret brennan spoke with him for "60 minutes" before his trip. they discussed his relationship with vladimir putin. here's a preview. >> you said you had a very close relationship with vladimir
putin. you've done huge deals with him, toasting champagne. it's raised eyebrows. it inspired a "saturday night live" skit. did you ever sigh that skit? >> i did. my kids point med to it. >> puti -- >> did you laugh? >> absolutely, absolutely. i laughed out loud. >> but since you're secretary of state, you've accused him of violating nuclear arms control agreements, leading assad continue to use chemical weapons on civilians. he doesn't seem to be particularly concerned with the warnings you're giving. >> i don't know. we'll see if he's concerned or not. what our responsibility is -- >> there were six chlorine gas attacks in the last 30 days. >> that's correct. fact that russia has special responsibilities in our view because of commitments they made
to destroy chemical weapons and ensure they knew that there were none. >> that sounds a lot like the last administration. it doesn't sound very different. >> when it comes to killing people with chemical weapon, it shouldn't look very different. i think the only difference is the consequences for it. brt has already demonstrated there will be consequences. >> does that mean military action is still on the table for chlorine gas attacks? >> as a it was last year, we're serious about our demands that chemical weapons not become regularized or normalized as a weapon in any conflict. >> margaret brennan is with us now. good morning. >> good morning. i'm looking forward to this interview on "60 minutes." what did you learner potential future air strikes in syria. >> that was what was mentioned. what's remarkable here, he puts chlorine gas in that same category saying we could take military action again.
and if you look at what you've been hearing this week, there's been a drumbeat. the president of france just also said i have a red line about continuing use of chemical weapons in syria. tillerson also said this week we're not only seeing chemical gas but looking at reports of sarin. it's clear the hard-line response has not stopped syria from continuing to use these and it hasn't convinced russia to impleament what they promised to do here. >> we don't want to give too much of it away. we'll watch on sunday. he talks about his relationship with the president. margaret, thank you so much. you is see margaret's report on "60 minutes" here on cbs on sunday night at 7:00. we'll hear from oprah winfrey. ahead, you'll hear how she was humbled by people who think she could be president. you're watching "cbs this morning."
ahead, lmt good morning, i'm rahel solomon. some school children, from camden are getting a chance to see one of the most anticipated super hero movies on have the year. black panter opens up tomorrow but campbell's soup company is hosting a special screening today. it will give students an opportunity to witness diversity on the big screen and movie is expect to set box office record this presidents day weekend. should be g lets send it over to katie for the forecast. mild out there. >> it definitely is, we are until the mid 40's at minimum across the region. that is where we are topping off this day of the year. we are off to a mild start. only go up from here. you will notice there is definitely puddling left behind, some rain showers that have rolled through to the overnight and early this morning a hint of sunlight trying to break through that cloud deck and that is what we
will find through majority of the day here but depending on which cam yah look at just off screen here we have anywhere from some fog issues to just straight up overcast and even some sun break go through so just depend where you are. we are in the 40's in many spots rebounding in the lower 50's down near shore points and as day goes on we are expecting a high of 65 degrees another system this weekend that could bring wintry weather, meisha. >> katie, thanks very much. sad news here we have a fatal pedestrian accident in mount laurel, new jersey, 73 south bun right now before 295 all lanes are still closed in this area use an alternate. church road or route 70 is your best bet. plus we also have a truck fire , the fire is slowly getting under control new jersey turnpike southbound before i195, within right lane is block, and also an accident in delaware overturned vehicle 95 north at 58 church man's road two left lanes blocked there. rahel, over to you. other next update 8:55. ahead this morning olympic
a scare in milan, italy, when a young child ran from his mom and fell onto the subway tracks yesterday. the mom seemed in no rush to take action. she was putting down her bags. please. fortunately a young man saw him jump on the tracks and jumped on the track to retrieve him. she seemed annoyed when she picked him up. i love how she put down her purse. she's not even running. >> the guy pulls up his pants and jumps in. >> not on the safety video.
>> no, it's not. >> bottom line. the baby is oklahoma. thank you to the good samaritan. welcome back to "cbs this morning." right now time to show you this morning's headlines. the hike could help pay for the president's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. the last time the gas tax was raised was in 1993. "usa today" reports a loyal l.l. bean customer is now suing the customer for now changing its legendary returns policy. an illinois man filed the suit. he said it's always been the basis of the bar good-bye for all of his purchases. l.l. bean said it's ditching a lifetime return policy because some customers are abusing it and returning used products that they purchased at garage sales. most returns are now limited to a year. that's unfortunate. >> ruins it for everybody. >> i know. ruining it. >> it's why we can't have nice
things. the "atlantic" reports on college admissions. more than a dozen campus groups are asking them to review the policy. researchers found policies that give boosts tend to benefit white and wealthy applicants. >> i like you with the taylor swift reference, john. that's why we can't have nice things. go you. "miami herald" says drake took her on a shopping spree. he teemed up. the hip-hop star said he read an early story about the maid's four-hour daily commute to the hotel. he paid for her to have a massage and a steak dinner. just when you couldn't love him anymore.
>> did you get her a car? she needs a car, not a steak dinner, i'm sorry. i mean i love drake for doing all that. let's get this woman a car. >> or we can say, thank you, drake. >> okay. >> we can just say thank you. >> love him too. >> maybe somebody will give her a car because you make a good point. >> i'm glad we've come to some agreement. first on "cbs this morning," we hear special contributor oprah winfrey's reaction in a "60 minutes" interview about a presidential run. last fall in her first assignment for "60 minutes" oprah talked to political voters about the divide in our nation. she returned six months later to the very same place, grand rapids, michigan, to follow up with the same group. the panel brings up rumors of a presidential run fueled by her powerful golden globe speech. in an interview she explains her motivation twine behind that speech and weather politics is
in her future. >> i was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. >> for too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up. [ cheers and applause ] >> their time is up. >> i cared about landing that speech in the room, a then i was worried about not getting cut off because they told me to take out three minutes and i couldn't. i had it already in my head. so the whole time i'm there and somebody applauded, i'm thinking, seven, eight, nine, eight seconds gone. sit down, everybody, okay, i've got to finish this.
>> a new day is on the horizon! >> and i was kind of stunned by it. i walked off with that feeling like, okay, that's done. and then i get back to the press room and i hear the whole thing's trending on 20/20 and i thought, what? >> i had asked you whether you thought "60 minutes" viewers would have this presidential run thing -- >> i think if i still was leaving the question out there and hadn't formally said i am not running for president of the united states -- >> and you have done that? >> yeah. did you miss that? >> i mean i -- there was a lot of other things too. there was gayle and stedman. >> i actually will say this. when there was so much talk about it and gayle was like every day saying you should think about it. you always say when things show up, you should think about it. i had a lot of wealthy men
calling me, telling me they could -- would run my campaign and raise a billion dollars for me. i think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it's worthy of thinking about. i've never looked outside for other people to tell me when something -- when i should be making a move. and wouldn't i know? because if god actually want me to run, wouldn't god kind of tell me? and i haven't heard that. i do feel i have a responsibility as a person who has a big voice in this country to use it to promote justice and kindness and good will in the world. but it never has felt to me that that was supposed to be political. and it still does not feel that to me. so i am actually humbled by the fact that people think that i could be a leader of the free
world. but it's just not in my spirit. it's not my dna. >> gayle? no, right? >> that's what she said. all i'll say is this. we got so much reaction at the magazine -- my other job -- for democrats, republicans, black, white that said, oprah, you really should think about this. and i would show her these letters. everywhere she goes today, everywhere, people still come up to her and say -- my earring just dropped. people still come up to her and say, will you at least consider it. when she says it's not in her dna, i believe she feels that. i don't believe anybody should be convinced to run for president. i don't. she will say one great speech doesn't mean you should be president of the united states. but i know she cares about the this country, believes in human connection, and i know she knows how to bring people together as you'll see on the "60 minutes"
piece on sunday. >> that thing about the dna thing, presidents say unless you have that saying when it all goes wrong, it all goes terrible, that thing you find nourishment in, you're really in a tough place. she's thinking about the job that you actually have to do. >> that's right. and being the president of the united states have very difficult. >> she can't consider running for president and being on "60 minutes." you can't do those two things. >> or she can leave "60 minutes." >> or her work with weight watchers. she's continuing her business empi empire. >> there would be a lot of the consider if she decides to do that. >> now we know you've been encouraging her to do that. >> yes, i have. my name is gayle, g-a-y-l-e. yes, i have. >> i look forward to "60 minutes." she goes back and interviews the
same people. >> she goes back to see if their views changed or have not changed and if they get along. >> now that we're more than a year into trump's presidency. >> that's light. >> you can watch it here at 7:00. gus kenworthy struggled with deeper issues. >> competitors, even friends that would say things that were so homophobic and i don't think they realized necessarily the impact it was having on me because i was in the closet. i think that's what made me squared to come out. >> how the extreme threat went from ashamed of who he
the u.s. -- let me try that again. the u.s. men's flip style team is shooting for a repeat performance at this year's olympic performance. the american men participated in the first free ski slopestyle contest. gus kenworthy won. >> kenworthy is now one of the first openly gay men to compete for the u.s. in the winter game.
figure skater adam rippon is also gay. he made headlines by announcing he would not attend the traditional team trip to the white house because of the lgbt policies. gus kenworthy spoke about the new role he's assumed. >> gus kenworthy let with a silver medal and a pack of stray dogs he rescued. what pestered him is what he didn't do at the last olympics. he may not have spoken out about russia's anti-gay policies then but he's now taking on a new role. >> i carry a burden. i think there's a pressure on me. it presents an amazing opportunity and it kind of givens us a chance to shed people's misconceptions and just kind of break down barriers. >> and biases? >> exactly. >> reporter: for gus kenworthy, free skiing is like a dance.
he masters the delicate balance of precision, technique, and control, making it all look effortless. >> one more jump. does he have the switch double ten. >> reporter: the 26-year-old british born colorado-bred star learned to ski shortly after learning to walk. today the extreme athlete is embracing his role off the mountain as an advocate for the lgbt community. >> do you like being the pioneer? >> i think it's a bit of a trade-off. i think when i was a kid it would have been easier if i had someone who was out and gay and successful in their support, but not having that, realize the need for the support. i want to be that person, that beacon of light for kids in sports. >> reporter: kenworthy's ability on the sport is indisputable.
h has rubber bones as he calls it. but as the lead athlete in the testosterone filled sport coming out was frightening. >> friends would say things that were so homophobic. i don't think they realized necessary will i the impact it had on me because i was in the closet. i think that's what made me really scared to come out. >> reporter: the turned point came after he won a silver medal in sochi. a reporter asked him to name his celebrity crush. in a panic he said pop star miley cyrus. >> i was burdened by being in the closet. i think before i was lying by omission. then i realized i didn't want to be in the closet anymore. i didn't want to be ashamed of who i was. >> reporter: in 2015 after winning his fifth straight title, gus kenworthy came out on the cover of espn, the magazine. >> how terrifying was that? >> scarier than anything else
i've ever done. >> how proud are you? >> i am proud, but for me hearing people tell me it's easier for them to accept themselves or tell others they're gay that make mess feel like i've done something right. i think it ooh tess most important thing i've ever done. >> reporter: the ski industry embraced him and sponsors poured in. >> you don't want to be defined by one thing, but at the same time when you are the first in something, that's going to be the title that sticks and after sochi, i was the dog guy. now i'm the gay guy. it's fine by me. i'm looking forward to when they say it's the olympic medalist and further in it's that i'm gay but it's not the defining characteristic. >> still for kenworthy, staying silent is no longer an option. >> after the olympics, the olympic team is invited to the white house. do you think you'd would go? >> no.
when we have people elected into office who believe in conversion therapy and stripping rights of those in the military, i have no patience. i am so proud to be from the u.s. and to be from a country where you are able to voice your political opinions and stand up for what you believe in, and i think when you have a platform, you have to use it. especially if you feel very strongly about something. >> reporter: he criticized the decision to have mike pence lead the opening ceremony. he said it's unfortunate and sends mixed messages since he does not support the l gbt community. he looked forward to another podium win. >> he and adam rippon are speaking out. >> it's such a dangerous sport. people have died. he said coming out was scarier
than that. >> good interview. >> i did not know that much about him. >> cheering him on. >> you can hear don's full interview with gus kenworthy today on our cbs podcast. you can find it on apple's itunes and podcast app. and up next, a love story that unfolded 86 stories up. you're watching "cbs this morning."
expressions of love with a spectacular backdrop high above new york city. 11 couples got married or renewed their vows yesterday on the deck. on valentine's day is the only day they're allowed. couples from all over the u.s. were chosen through a contest. gayle, do you know anybody? could i do that next year?
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good morning everyone i'm jim donovan, phillies are just beginning spring training but regular season ticket will go on sale in minutes. phillies pitchers and catchers are in clear water flashings right now with the rest of the team starting work out this is monday. regular season single game tickets go on sale at 9:00 o'clock just a few minutes from now at west ticket windows of the citizens bank park, by phone, and at phillies.com. lets turn to katie for a look at the forecast. >> we have some very spring- like weather to go with the day here, we are seeing temperatures rebound in the 60 's, kind of this afternoon and for now we still have lower cloud deck, you can see the city sky scape is sort of skewed by the low lying cloud cover out there, hazy, granted but we are all ready at 47
degrees, granted might feel cooler, but, normally our high is about 44. so we are, well already on our way to exceeding what is average. we do still have very minor visibility problems in the north and west, especially in our region but has gotten better in wilmington, certainly down near shore points, we have more sun then anything in those areas but as we look ahead we will see at least some sun throughout the afternoon but problem is we have additional showers already kick nothing this evening and especially overnight and another sneaky system that may bring a wintry mix by saturday night, meisha. >> katie, thank you so much. >> very sad news still in the traffic department a fatal pedestrian accident mount laurel, new jersey, 295, all lanes are still, closed, we have to use alternate church road or route 70 is your best bet. this is where we have that truck fire in new jersey turnpike southbound, before i 195, and within right lane block, see outer roadway affect as well very slow moving through this area plus another accident 422 eastbound , before trooper
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